The genus Brownlowia Roxb. has about 25 species in the world, mainly in S. and S.E. Asia, with three species in Vietnam. They are trees or shrubs. Leaves are alternate or nearly spirally arraged. Inflorescences are paniculate, terminal or axillary. Flowers are bisexual, 5-merous. Sepals are united near base. Petals are free, not glandular at base. Stamens are free or often in 5 bundles. Fruits are wingless. They are all rare in Vietnam. They are only distributed in the south and south-central parts of Vietnam. Three species are easy to recognize in the field. Leaves that are not peltate are B. emaginata and B. tabularis and leaves that are peltate is B. peltata.
Do Thi Xuyen
IEBR - VAST
(Proceedings of 3rd National Scientific Conference on Ecology and Biological Resources, Hanoi 22th October 2009 - IEBR)